Johanna Nyman, President of the European Youth Forum:

We are pleased to see that the European Commission is finally giving youth employment the priority that it deserves. The ball is now in the court of Member States to support this proposal and to ensure that this funding reaches young people and to take action to provide quality jobs for young people and schemes to get them into these jobs. It is high time that young people are pulled out of the crisis that has engulfed them for so long!

We expect the European Commission to continue to give youth unemployment the priority that the European Commission’s announcement implies with increased funding and close monitoring of schemes’ implementation to ensure that they are having a strong impact.